Chart of the day: The internet has a language diversity problem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart,” former South African President Nelson Mandela said. […]

It’s time to strengthen global digital cooperation

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Doris Leuthard, Federal Councillor for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) Digitalization transforms, pervades and affects all aspects of our social, economic and political lives. These impacts span […]

Online platforms: improving transparency and fairness for EU businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules requiring online platforms to end unfair practices to businesses and set up effective redress mechanisms were approved by the Internal Market Committee. Online intermediation services, such as e-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon, eBay) and search engines (e.g. Google Search) would be required to […]

High internet taxes are restricting access and slowing economic growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oren Pinsky, Project Coordinator, Internet for All, Latin America, World Economic Forum Geneva & Sebastian Cabello, Head, Latin America, GSMA Using the internet is expensive for most of the world’s population. Africans spend 17% of their average income […]

Why we need a moderate approach to moderating online content

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harold Feld, Senior vice president, Public Knowledge The debate over what liability platforms have for content is divided into two diametrically opposed camps. One camp argues that we can only address the very real problems of fraud, harassment, […]

3 ways to ensure the internet’s future is creative, collaborative and fair

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Claudio Cocorocchia, Acting Head of Information and Entertainment System Initiative, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum Geneva Last month the European Union’s governance body, the European Commission (EC), narrowly rejected controversial legislation intended to redefine copyright for the […]

‘Internal security’ or how to compromise citizens’ rights and also make huge profits

Only days if not hours after the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris, some governments and many politicians in Europe called for more and tougher internal security measures. Undoubtedly, such action would compromise the civil liberties of European citizens, but those governments and politicians don’t seem to mind. It seems that for them, further sneaking citizens’ […]

Teamgum @ TheNextWeb 2014

Written by Divyesh Kharade, Co_founder of Teamgum Teamgum was amongst the 96 Startups which were selected for the TNW Boost program and as a part of the package we were promised a stand to showcase our product, PR coverage and a star list of people we could meet and network with, thanks to WeTransfer.  The real […]

CDNIFY @ TheNextWeb 2014

Written by James Mulvany, senior entrepreneur and founder of CDNify I arrived in Amsterdam late Wednesday evening with CDNify’s marketing strategist Mike, checked into our rooms at the Citizen M hotel ready for the following days ahead. We were up bright and early on Thursday morning and made our way to the venue. My first time […]

SoftLayer, an IBM company, @ TheNextWeb 2014: Masters of Failure and Change

Written by Michalina Kiera, Senior Marketing Manager EMEA at SoftLayer, an IBM Company If you stand still, you go backwards. We’ve all heard that at least once and a lot of us claim to live by that rule. But do we really? How often does the risk of challenging the status quo hinder our decisions and […]

EDRi @ European Business Summit 2014: Digital Citizenship in Brussels – the case of Net Neutrality

Written by Joe McNamee, Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi) Net neutrality is a digital rights issue, par excellence. The internet has created huge opportunities for the exercise of freedom of communication, for freedom of assembly and for democracy. These opportunities have the same roots as the huge economic success of the internet: openness. […]

EU tourism industry expects a new record year in 2014

According to a Eurobarometer survey published earlier today, the prospects of the European tourism industry for the 2014 season are ‘robust and resilient’. More people than in 2013 choose to spend holidays outside of their own country but within the EU. Only 11% of Europeans will not go away for a holiday this year. More […]

How ‘small’ is Europe in Big Data?

One of the major current debates in ICT is the one of open big data. Last December, Neelie Kroes, the Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, made a speech in the European Data Protection Congress in Brussels for the importance of data in the modern world and the numerous opportunities that arise […]

Commission caps charges on card and Internet payments and enforces competition

It was high time that the European Commission tried to arrest the over-exploitation of European consumers by a handful of banks and credit card providers. This week Joaquín Almunia, Commission’s Vice President responsible for competition policy, and Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner in charge of internal market and services presented one draft regulation and one directive amendment, […]

EU Council: Private web data to be protected by…abusers

Protection of citizens and businesses web data is still a pending issue in the European Union and internet companies may, probably legally, sell to marketers names, telephone numbers, mail addresses and consumer profiles including personal details. The existing privacy laws are twenty years old and far from effectively protecting our data from being sold and […]

The European Internet is not neutral and neither is the Commissioner

How many times were you out with friends and wanted to show them a new cool video on Youtube through your smart phone but buffering was unbelievably slow? What about the time you had a cheap pay-as-you-go subscription and you wanted to save money using Viber to call your friends for free instead of giving […]

Amazon, a pair of shoes and my Data Privacy walks away

Try to remember the last time you shopped from Amazon. Most likely you are another happy consumer that has enjoyed the benefits of e-shopping in terms of service, price and delivery time. It is also highly possible that you already master the plethora of reasons not to get into your car and experience all that […]

The big five EU telecom operators in dire straights

British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Telecom Italia and Telefónica constitute the exclusive club of major telecom operators in the European Union. The very oligopolistic character of the market has prompted the European Commission some years ago to forcefully introduce ground breaking changes in the EU telecom market. Towards the end of 2009 the Commission […]

Why Microsoft is a regular to Almunia’s

In the years of globalisation, free movements of capital, goods and to a lesser degree of labour, have raised exponentially citizen’s wellbeing in our western economic volume and not only. This achievement has to be totally credited, to the opening of national markets to international competition. At the same time though globalisation has created new opportunities […]

Telecommunications and Internet: A Jungle with no principles?

Since the last World Conference on International Telecommunications in 1988 our planet has become a completely different place. It is not any more the bi-polar globe we knew until the fall of the USSR, which ended the division between communism and capitalism. Today there is only capitalism and more…capitalism. During the 1990s and the 2000s […]